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Molson Export - Molson Coors Canada

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BA SCORE
69
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260 Ratings
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Ratings: 260
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 20.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-11-2001

With over 100 years of brewing tradition behind it, Molson Export continues to grow in lore. Its history, however, could never be as rich without the original, high-quality ingredients that have come to distinguish it from other brands.

We brew Molson Export with two-row barley, an exclusive strain of ale yeast that goes back to the origins of Molson Breweries, hand-selected Golding and Oregon hops and water.
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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale/yellow color with medium head that dissapated fast,a light spiciness in the smell.Taste is pretty straight forward with some hop bitterness in there,nothing complex.Not a great beer but Iam not offended to drink a six pack of this either.

Photo of generallee
3.96/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.5oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a pale golden color body with visible carbonation and very good clarity. On top there is a bright white foamy head that makes some nice lacing patterns on the glass. It also has good retention as it slowly fades to thinner covering that hangs on until the last sip.

Smell: The aroma is light overall. It has a sweet grainy character with a touch of corn husk and a hint of alcohol.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has a crisp light cereal grain flavor with very clean or neutral hops that just enough bitterness for balance. Its palate is light to medium bodied with a lively texture and carbonation. The finish is crisp, clean and refreshing.

Notes: This is one of my favorite beers from the big breweries. It's always good on a hot summer day and also makes for a good hockey watching beer.

Photo of Jason
3.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.5 oz brown twist off bottle, no freshness date to be found. 11.5 oz bottle, so for every case you buy that is about one 12 ounce bottle of beer missing.

Appearance: Clear pale dull bronze colour, good lacing off of the two fingered head.

Smell: Faint yet odd fruity alcohol aroma, clean is where it is at.

Taste: Super crisp and smooth off of the moderate body, thin on the malt with a dry dextrin on the palate. Hops are level with the thinness of the malt and add a nearly tasteless bitterness. Finishes clean with a slight ale twang in the back.

Notes: Very easy drinking, no off flavours yet don’t expect any flavours to impress either. At $5.89 a six pack there is better and cheaper beer out there.

Photo of magictrokini
2.85/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent beer with an identity crisis. Pours darker yellow with a white head. Bright aroma of saaz and crystal malt. It has a bit of a bite like an ale, but is sweet like a lager. Enjoyable, not great, but I can't really say that I've had a APA of this style.

Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I grew up with the notion that this was Molson's export-only beer, and thus available in foreign countries, airports, and well, Quebec, not out West. Let's give 'er!

This beer pours a clear pale golden colour, with three fingers of somewhat creamy, foamy white head, which leaves lace all around the glass. It smells of light white grain, and skunky, weedy hops. The taste is soft cereal grain, a bit of corn sweetness, and lightly acrid, weedy hops. The carbonation is average, the body mildly cloying, and it finishes dry, a little skunkiness persisting.

Ok enough for something with its heritage - I had no problem drinking this, unlike its extended family...

Photo of CanuckRover
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light orange, clear, loads of carbonation. Nice pillowy head but zero lacings to speak of.

It smells like urine. I'm not trying to be funny, that's seriously the aroma I get off of Ex, I wish I could say it was something else, but that's it.

Luckily it doesn't taste as bad as it smells. My most important criteria when judging a macro ale is whether I can tell it apart from the brewery's lager, and Ex is most certainly a different beer than Canadian. Discernible malt, quite grainy but clean, almost a kolsch type character. There is some non-descript fruit giving a little bit of sweetness. Macro chalkiness is evident. Noticeable hops in the finish, but no bitterness.

Unsurprisingly overcarbonated.

I certainly prefer it to most Canadian macros, and definately would take it over a Canadian. A safe enough choice if there aren't any micro brews in site. But that stink! Ugh.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Basic golden beer with an average strength and a few more hops.

The head retention is slightly better than average, and it leaves some nice lace about the glass.

There's a touch of lager yeast sulphur and a very mild fruitiness over its delicate malt. Some non-descript hops are in the mix, but don't stand out on their own.

It tastes, dare I say it, a lot like Budweiser, but with more hops. And the sweetness of the malt is there because there's more malt, not because of fewer hops.

It's medium bodied and gently crisp in the mouth, and it's a little bit more drinkable in comparison with most American macro lagers, as the hops lend it a touch more character. On the other hand, this is a Canadian beer, and there are a lot more Canadian lagers with more hops than this.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.84/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Molson Export is like most typical North American beers. It pours a golden clear with initial big head that dissapates quickly. The smell and taste are mostly grain. Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer that is drinkable.

Photo of beerluvr
3.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear light gold with gentle carbonation bubbles
S: Light malt with a metallic note, some delicate hoppiness as it warms
T: Light bodied and easy drinking, some malt sweetness and faint but discernible hops, nicely balanced finish
M: A tad on the thin side but this is to be expected, doesn't detract personally.
O: A nice take on the export ale style though could use a bit more body but a decent Molson product nonetheless.

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's called export because I suspect no one in Canada really wants to drink it. It does not taste like an ale, no real hop taste to it. Another "high school" beer. Even if it is skunked, it still tastes the same.

Photo of Farrell
3.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My friend who was in upstate New York grabbed a 12 pack of these because he is fanatical about trying new beers, but I am not one to complain because I got a free beer out of it.

Appearance: Nothing too impressive here, looks like your average macro. straw yellow.

Smell: I didn't notice a smell of any kind really, what was there was very faint and non memorable.

Taste: this is where it is at though, this beer literally tastes like nothing. I felt like I was drinking seltzer water with a hint of macro lager.

Notes: This beer is spectacularly unspectacular. The taste just is not there, but to look at that positively, it really contains no offensive tastes. Its pretty good if you just want to drink for the hell of it or if nothing else is available to you.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
1.84/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed on July 4, 2006. Pour of light straw with sparse white head. Aroma of rotting Saskatchewan grain in a dusty hay barn. Flavor is a salty armpit of tangy wheated grains and an edge of rotting lemons. The heafty reek of skunk runs strong. Light fusels waft upward. The palate contains a light drying edge of hops.

Photo of heebes
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle always.

A favourite of a buddys, usually consumed when at his place, outside in summer. When poured it's a pal golden yellow with a frothy white head. Nose is grain, malt, bit of fruit notes come through and a touch of alcohol. Taste is decent, easy to down a bunch, certainly tastes like you'd expect a macro to: not much flavour, most grain and alcohol. Light to medium mouthfeel. Not sure how he can only drink this one beer every single day; to each their own. Overall, I can stand to have one if I stop it for a visit.

Photo of Stocean1
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a two finger head out of the can, off white with good retention and some lacing, a light yellow body, clean and clear look.

Smell is some grainy malt and light hops, some floral notes.

Taste is grainy malt with some adjunct, a little bisuit and pepper, floral aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation, still relatively smooth, clean and crisp.

Overall a decent macro that I have always enjoyed.

Photo of schusterbauer
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i was surprised to see that this is categorized as an APA -- seemed like your typical macro lager to me.

a -- a little cloudier than a macro lager, but just about identical to a typical macro

s -- corn, malt, some yeast

t -- tastes like molson canadian, maybe with a little more hops to keep things palatable. nothing exciting or interesting, and, unfortunately, this has that typical Molson skunky/sour taste to it.

m -- a little thicker than a macro lager; crisp on the finish, but a little syrupy

d -- could drink a couple without thinking about it, but it does leave some unwanted tastes in your mouth. definitely not an all-nighter.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head wathsoever when pourred into glass (I guess this too pelased Mr and Mrs everybody...). No spice and very little aftertaste. I'm not sure what the other BA's drank cause I don't see anything interesting here. This is the usual macro brewed beer that is very light and designed for those hot summer days...

Photo of papaglide
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Nice half inch head falls quickly to a layer of froth clinging to the surface. No lace. Pale gold in color.

S - sweet, malty graininess with a hint of corn. I cant detect any hops but there seems to be a woodsy nose present

T - little malt with mostly grainy adjunct flavors with some slight bitterness in the back end

M - highly carbonated with a watery thinness. Astringent in the finish. Fizzy feeling in the mouth.

D - there is quite a bit of flavor, grainy adjuncts it seems. Not too smooth. This beer seems more complex than other macros but only in an adjunct flavor kind of way. The label states that its an ale. I truly don't know and you can't tell by drinking it. To me, its on the south side of average but I respect the effort. Give me a '50.

$4.99 a 6 pack of 11.5 ounce of brown bottles

Photo of jaslesp
3.57/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This a good pretty good beer for a macro, but it was first made when it was a micro-brewery. It has a great ale color and smells fruity. The taste ia awesome for a macro so i think it is above average. The mouthfeel is like most of the ales. In average it is definetly the best ale you can find everywhere in Canada!

Photo of the42ndtourist
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to finally try this, since it's quite highly regarded out in the Maritimes where it was only recent introduced. Ex enjoys the reputation as a premium beer there much as Keith's does in Ontario. Has a golden colour, with more head than usual for a Molson or Labatt product. The smell and taste are unremarkable, but smooth and easy to drink. There's no flavours which actually stand out in this. So yes, better than most other Molsons, but still a step below a good beer.

Photo of Noelito76
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had Molson Ex on tap in Montreal and Quebec City pubs. The head disipates on this beer pretty quickly. If I'm feeling like a light Ale that is "drinkable" this is the beer for me. Mouthfeel is refreshing and the taste is much better than your average macro as the quick but potent hoppy aftertaste you get with this beer is what I like about it. It's what Molson's chief macro beer, Canadian, should taste like.

Photo of redmosquito
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of a Molson variety pack at a party. The beer pours a gloden yellow color slightly darkes than the Canadian and Golden. I'm actually somewhat impressed with the aroma, very bready yeast aroma with a hint of floral hops. The flavor is more or less what I expected which is slightly malty and not very bitter, clean and yeasty. This beer does have more body then the lagers offered by Molson. This is an okay beer, of which you can down severalin a sitting.

Photo of headlessparrot
2.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There was a period of time where I considered Export to be the only decent beer that Molson produced. It's a drinkable little ale that - at the very least - has more flavour and body than Canadian Lager or their other swill-labels. After sampling a six-pack, though, I'm inclined to believe that I may have been wrong. The caveat to this observation, however, is that the last time I had Export, I had three-and-a-half pitchers worth, and had a disastrous morning after (what my brother always referred to as "the Molson Ex hour of power") - and though this was three months ago, it may very well still be clouding my judgment. Take that into consideration as you read.

The pour isn't too bad; an aggressive technique reveals a straw-gold body (darker than Canadian and many other macro lagers) with visible effervescence. It's capped by two fingers of surprisingly fluffy head - said head, however, begins to dissipate almost immediately. Within a few moments, it's almost non-existent (which means, of course, that much of the head is the result of the plainly visible overcarbonation). It does, however, leave a surprising amount of lacing, and a few rings of constant ring.

The smell, however, is a bit unpleasant. The nose is immediately hit by a sourness, almost like fermented apple juice. Some cereal grain, something vaguely tangy. Maybe - is it just my imagination? - just the slightest dusting of hops. Maybe some musty wheat? Corn (DMS) is obvious, and maybe some fairly neutral malt. Plainly quite sweet, detectable even by the smell. Reminds me quite a bit of Molson Bohemian, which doesn't surprise me (and it shouldn't you, either).

The taste, at least, is somewhat better. Sweet, but inoffensively neutral. Maybe some hopping, some cereal grain. More of that fermented apple juice. Maybe even some faint spice. Bready-biscuity malt. Endlessly drinkable, but this guy could send diabetics into shock it's so sweet. Finishes dry. Refreshing, but not much else.

I was, however, pleasantly surprised by the mouthfeel, which manages to achieve the designation of average in spite of its horrific overcarbonation thanks to a fairly nice body. Drinkability is also average - realistically, you could swig Ex for hours and hours; the question, however, is why you would want to (in addition to the fact that the sweetness of this guy will only further your dehydration/hangover issues).

Molson Export is fairly standard for a macro. It's miles ahead of the flagships of Canadian macro brewing (Canadian and Blue), but that's about the only accolade I'm willing to give it. On cheap drink night at a crappy bar, I might have a couple, but otherwise, I'd take pretty much anything else - even a Rickard's Red or Kokanee would be infinitely more palatable. Still, there's something about the Ex that brings out a sense of nostalgia in me - and that's why every once in awhile, maybe only once a year, I grab a six-pack and slug 'em back right from the bottle.

Photo of spinrsx
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

355ml can poured into a pint glass

A - golden yellow colour. 1 finger wide fizzy white head, that sticks around for a bit. Faint lacing.

S - smells like a real Canadian beer should smell like. Barley and hops, slight smell of alcohol.

T &M - medium body, lots of flavor, average carbonation, a fulfilling beer.

D - To me, this is what a Canadian beer should taste like, full flavor, and not too light. Worth a try!

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.55/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I can get a 12 pack for under 8 bucks so who complains? And the cap is one of the coolest I have ever seen. Export pours a light straw color with a puffy cumulous head that receded into basically nothing. It smelled pretty bland and swilly, but its taste is somewhat alluring for some reason. Its pretty watery and malty but there is some hop kick at the end. I cannot really explain why I like this beer. Perhaps its because it was what was around the house when I was growing up. Who knows? Anyway if you want to drink reasonably good beer but only have the money for mass produced this is where its at.

Photo of jwc215
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden with virually no head.

The smell is "macro-ish" with grainy/cerealy character - just a hint of fruity esters.

The taste is of a "macro" attempt at an ale...Fizzy and grainy - sweetish - with hardly any hop bitterness...Cardboardish, bland finish.

It's not "bad" but very mediocre-ish. Some esters are there to distinguish as an ale, rather than a typical macro-lager.

Okay for what it is. Mainly inoffensive, but nothing particularly special or tasty.

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Molson Export from Molson Coors Canada
69 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.